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[rou-dee-iz-uh m] /ˈraʊ diˌɪz əm/
rough, disorderly behavior.
Origin of rowdyism
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; rowdy + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And this crowd, big as it was, 210 had as yet shown no disposition to rowdyism.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • rowdyism is the state of being of New York roughs and loafers.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • They were quarrelsome and mischievous, and had not yet got their fill of rowdyism.

    Rose Charlitte Marshall Saunders
  • There was throughout the district no rowdyism, no disorderliness.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • This means, in turn, that rowdyism and thugism are at high-water marks.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • It seems you would rather have a lot of horse-play and rowdyism instead.

    The Heroes of the School Allen Chapman
  • Nobody ever heard of such a thing as noisy drinking and rowdyism.

    Veronica And Other Friends Johanna (Heusser) Spyri
  • Much of the rowdyism in baseball can be attributed to this cause.

    Outdoor Sports and Games

    Claude H. Miller
  • The opposition was enraged at defection; shouting, yelling and rowdyism broke out anew.

    Dixie After the War

    Myrta Lockett Avary
  • There was no sign of drunkenness; there was no rowdyism; there was nothing suggestive even of offensiveness.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for rowdyism


rowdy behaviour or tendencies or a habitual pattern of rowdy behaviour: the problem of rowdyism at football matches
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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